christmas spiced cookies

When I was a kid I used to make these incredible ginger, crunchy, hollow biscuits that everybody seemed to love, including me. They must have been pretty good ‘cos I was literally making them every Saturday! I miss them. Simple spiced cookies

Anyway, these are not those biscuits but I will be having a little think about sourcing that old recipe for old times sake. These are a bit different from my childhood favourite as for a start they’re softer with no crunch and don’t contain any dairy (this is a good thing of course) but they are packed full of ginger and other warming winter spices. Think Christmas cake; orange, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon……love, love, love these flavours. Oh, these are quick too, super simple to throw together and ready in a jiffy. I actually think it would take longer to drive to the supermarket and buy a packet of ginger nuts! They have currants in too, I like currants, they seemed to have been forgotten about. It’s all about raisins and sultanas so I buy currants to keep the love alive! It’s true isn’t it?Simple spiced cookies

There’s no rubbish in these either, wholegrain, low gluten and no dairy, yep just wholesome healthful ingredients. This is my kinda cookie. This should be everybody’s kinda cookie!Simple spiced cookies

Simple Spiced Cookie

(makes 12-15)

1/2 cup currants
1 cup spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon + ginger
1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg + all-spice
3 tablespoons vegan butter
1 flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon of seeds to 3 of water)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup powdered sugar
juice + zest of orange


1. Preheat oven to 175ºC. Combine the first 6 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. Combine the remaining wet ingredients in a measuring jug. You will need to melt the butter for 20 seconds in a microwave.
3. Add the wet mixture to the dry + combine thoroughly to form a sticky cookie dough.
4. Using a teaspoon scoop, form small cookies + place on a lined baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool before removing.
5. Mix the sugar + enough orange juice to make a thick syrup. Drizzle over the cookies + zest the orange zest over the top.

10 comments on “Simple Spiced Cookies (Vegan)”

  1. Could one use wheat pastry flour in place of spelt flour? Just wanting to use what I have on hand. This recipe looks luscious.

    • Hi Cara,
      Thank you for the comment.
      This would work equally replacing with any other flour. The difference will be in the taste as spelt will have a nuttier flavour. Do let us know how it turns out though…

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for the comment.
      Replacing the sweetness will make a slight difference to the taste because maple syrup has a darker & richer sweetness to it but sugar will be just fine for this.
      I really would recommend Ginger Powder, which country are you from as in the UK it’s pretty cheap & widely available?

  2. Hi, this looks very nice, and simple, always a bonus! (I’ve found it on the Finding Vegan Facebook page, I’ll be coming back for more:-)
    Question: what other flour could I use? I’ve received lots of rice flour (white and “black”) as a present (long story) and I’m looking for recipes to use it in – do you think I could sub it here?

    • Hi Kiara,
      Thanks for the comment!
      Definitely try rice flour with this recipe and let us know how it turns out. Of course different flours produce different tastes but as you have a load of it, try it.

  3. These look delicious but is the 175 baking temperature correct? I’m planning to try these today but I got a little bit nervous that could be a typo with how low it was. Just wanted to ask and be safe before I run off and try 🙂

    • Hi,
      Thanks for the comment. The temperatures for our recipes are all in celcius, so 175 would be 350 in Fahrenheit.
      Hope this helps?

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